Edison Botanical Research Laboratory

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'During WWI the price of rubber rose dramatically. Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone were concerned with this national issue. Edison planned to discover a domestic source of rubber from a latex (a white milky sap) producing plant. The three friends formed the Edison Botanic Research Corporation in 1927 and the lab was built in 1928 to support rubber research and development.

17,000 specimens of nearly 2,200 species were planted at the Fort Myers estate. Extensive research proved goldenrod, a common weed, produced latex. Edison's 1,090th patent received was connected to his rubber research, for the process of extracting rubber from plants.

Today the Laboratory is filled with original apparatus and equipment that Edison used to conduct his rubber research, as well as the cot where Edison took "catnaps" while working in the Laboratory.'

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  1. Irene2005 36 months ago | reply

    Love these glass jars, all the different shapes, and the way they reflect light. Beautifully captured!

  2. Katrin Ray 36 months ago | reply

    It's like a still image from a documentary, especially with your interesting description, Maria!
    Beautiful capture on all counts and the golden light is my favourite here! :-)
    Hope your week started smoothly, dear Ria!

  3. Once upon a tree... 36 months ago | reply

    The light in that place is amazing... Love the mood here :)

  4. Ray Wise 36 months ago | reply

    interesting shot - nice composition.

  5. DollyArt 36 months ago | reply

    Such interesting object and the light and tones are just beautiful.

  6. Garfankel Photography 36 months ago | reply

    Que luz mas calida entra en ese laboratorio¡¡¡ apetece trabajar en él¡¡
    Besos Ria¡¡

  7. pix•Olga 36 months ago | reply

    This is so nice!

  8. @DeeInna 36 months ago | reply

    Awesome light¡¡
    Loving this place too¡

  9. m i c h e l e j e n s e n [photography] 36 months ago | reply

    the tones and light are incredible... fave x 100!

  10. sohiroshi 36 months ago | reply

    the lighting and warm tones are beautiful

  11. GerardPhoto 36 months ago | reply

    What a beautiful capture and presentation!

  12. grazzzi11 36 months ago | reply

    i love all the elements in this image. :)

  13. dude,walking,on (in ☮) 36 months ago | reply

    LOVE that light... tres cool image.

  14. jomak14 36 months ago | reply

    Wonderful light and shadows captured!

  15. msonflk(off) 36 months ago | reply

    excellent shot...nice work.

  16. _Amritash_ 36 months ago | reply

    Super shot...!

  17. Jill Lewins 36 months ago | reply

    Very clever image. Lovely use of available light. So much to look at

  18. ..illi.. 36 months ago | reply

    cool light and atmosphere!

  19. Standard Deluxe 35 months ago | reply

    Like a frame from a science fiction movie. Beautifully captured Maria. Have a fabulous week.

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